Alec Ogletree is a solid linebacker from the University of Georgia that the Atlanta Falcons have shown interest in for this year's draft. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons are bringing in Ogletree for a private workout.
D. Orlando Ledbetter @DOrlandoAJC
#Falcons are amongst the teams who will have #UGA LB Alec Ogletree in for a private workout or visit. #TradingUp?3/21/2013, 8:33:12 PM
Ledbetter assumes that the Falcons would have to trade up, but honestly, he should slip to the team at No. 30 with how deep this draft is and his character questions. The Falcons would be bringing him in to answer some questions in his game. Follow along as I go over the Falcon's possible new linebacker:
University of Georgia
Height: 6'2-1/2" Weight: 242 pounds
Arm Length: 33-1/2" Hand Measurement: 10"
40 yard dash: 4.64 sec. 10 yard split: 1.56 sec.
20 yard shuttle: 4.39 sec. 3-cone Drill: 7.07 sec. Bench Reps: 20 reps
Vertical Jump: 33.5" Broad Jump: 10'2"
2012: 10 Games Played, 111 Tackles, 11.5 Tackles for Loss, 3.0 Sacks, 5 QB Hurries, 1 Interception, 1 Fumble Forced, 1 Fumble Recovered, 5 Pass Deflections, 1 Defensive Touchdown
2011: 8 Games Played, 52 Tackles, 7.5 Tackles for Loss, 3.0 Sacks, 3 QB Hurries, 2 Fumbles Forced, 2 Pass Deflections
2010: 12 Games Played, 34 Tackles, 1.0 Tackles for Loss, 1 Pass Deflection, 1 Blocked Kick
Against the pass, Alec Ogletree is almost dominant. He's got great speed, strength and agility and uses it to his advantage on blitzes and in coverage. He can cover almost any tight end and being a former safety he understand proper coverage techniques and picks them up well.
As a blitzer, he is one of the best linebackers in the college ranks. He wasn't used as one often, but when he did blitz, he had a ton of impact plays. He's also a very solid tackler, but his weaknesses hurt him in the run game.
In the run game, he has trouble with his run fits. He'll hit the wrong gap and will frustrate a linebacker coach with his undisciplined play and over pursuit. This leads to him taking poor angles to the ball and allowing tacklers out of his grasp. Outside of that, his only weaknesses are in his character flaws, but that will be discussed later.
Overall, on the field, he's a very solid player against the pass and a mediocre run defender. There are many, many better players in the run game. However, his character is a big question so it will be something that has to be cleared before being drafted.
How does he fit the Comrade Filter?
Not only has he been arrested, he's also been suspended. In 2010, Ogletree had a warrant out for his arrest and was suspended one game for misdemeanor theft by taking (h/t ESPN). In 2012, Ogletree was suspended for failing a drug test (h/t Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples).
And this year, right before the NFL scouting combine, Ogletree was arrested on a DUI charge (h/t Yahoo Sports' Doug Farrar). I could keep digging, but at this point, this seems like more than enough to say that Ogletree could be considered a knucklehead off of the field.
He also isn't a leader or a captain of off the field. While that's not something that will hurt him, it's not going to help redeem him for his transgressions either. The only way that Thomas Dimitroff takes Alec Ogletree is if the Falcons believe that the talent he has transcends the issues for his draft position, which might mean waiting for the second or even third round.
How he would fit into the Falcons' plans
If Ogletree did get drafted by the Falcons, it would likely require their first round pick to get him. He would be an ideal fit for the strong-side linebacker role in the defense and has good coverage and blitzing ability for the nickel defense.
He is likely someone that the Falcons are targeting if they decide to trade down into the top of the second. It will take a lot for the Falcons to forgive his transgressions and feel that their locker room could handle Alec on the team.
All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus's Premium Stats, ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All contract information is courtesy Spotrac and Rotoworld. All recruiting rankings come from 247Sports.com.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He also runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com.
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